With the emergence of Roy Helu, the Redskins rushing game has improved in recent weeks. Still, this is shaping up to be one of the team’s worst seasons in terms of gaining yardage on the ground.
They are currently gaining about 94 yards per game rushing. Over the course of a 16-game season, that would come to about 1500 yards. That would be the third-fewest total rushing yards for a full season for the Redskins since they went to the 16-game schedule in 1977.
Even if they can hold the rushing pace they have been on the past three games and gain 132 yards in each of their last three games, they would end up with 1615 yards. That is the same total rushing yardage they had in 1997, the fifth-worst rushing season of the 16-game era.
The worst rushing season of Mike Shanahan’s tenure with Denver came in 2009, when the Broncos rushed for 1836 yards.
The Redskins are 31st in the NFL in rushing yardage with 1220 yards. Only the Giants, with 1115, have fewer.